Jimmy McPartland

The Music Man Goes Dixieland

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This out of print LP, a bit of a collector's item, is a surprise success. Cornetist Jimmy McPartland performs 11 songs from the show The Music Man, easily turning the music into Dixieland. Such tunes as "Seventy Six Trombones," "Gary, Indiana," and "Till There Was You" have rarely received more creative and spirited treatment. McPartland does a great job with the monologue on "Ya Got Trouble," Dick Cary (who plays F trumpet, alto horn, celeste, and piano) did a fine job with the arrangements and the who's who of Chicago jazz and swing get to participate in the festivities. Among the large supporting cast are trumpeters Max Kaminsky and Charlie Shavers; trombonists Tyree Glenn, Cutty Cutshall, and Lou McGarity; clarinetists Peanuts Hucko, Pee Wee Russell, and Bob Wilbur; the great tenors Bud Freeman and Coleman Hawkins (who get to play together); pianists Marian McPartland and Gene Schroeder; guitarists Sal Salvador and Eddie Condon; bassist Bob Haggart; and drummers George Wettling and Cliff Leeman. That is only a partial list.